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Mary, we live and learn. I never knew that clay would move like that. But you love your home and it can be taken care of over time. Rome was not built in a day and I know you know that.

I did not know growing up that I had such a hard life. It wasn't until I visited other homes that I found out how the real world was but, still, I did not feel deprived. Even when mom died I was not sad. I watched the Cancer eat up her body and I was glad when she passed because she was out of pain. She was probably 70 pounds when she died.

Lew, my neighbor two doors down came in with a bag of veggies from the veggie store and told me they have toilet paper for $1.50 a roll. None of us here need any that I know of. We are stocked up.

Margie just asked me to order her more TP from Amazon. i just got her two bundles last week How much TP can one person go through? I told her before that they do not have any but she thought they should be restocked by now. I told her she does not need to hoard but she thinks they won't have any next week. i wish she would get her own Amazon Prime account instead of having me order it for her. She pays me.,

I hope you all have a good day and sunshine.

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Brenda, I have often said how in awe of you I am! I don't know anyone who has 'had your life' and has turned out to be so resilient! You are truly a self-made woman and a survivor. You are kind and good despite everything you've been through.

Yes, I am really blessed. I rarely leave my garage door up but I think not driving for almost 3 weeks, the garage was closed up, I hardly moved from one room to another once I got home from the hospital for the first week, and with 2 vacant houses on either side and the ditch behind me being dug out, it was the perfect environment for mice and rats to play in. I hope in the next few weeks all will be okay. Yes, despite the fact that this house was completely renovated, I've had more than my share of trouble with it. I only know of one other person who has had the foundation issues...and she's a realtor! The clay ground shifts here and that's a big issue. One day I will get it all taken care of. I am pretty frugal and can easily not buy things that I can't afford. So I'm fine! My mother in law, when she didn't like me, used to say ,"It don't take much to make you happy.' She meant it as a slam because she was quite the 'diva' and a high maintenance person! I have always been glad that I am pretty easily satisfied!

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Happy Day, Mary, your family visited and you got your garage door fixed and had the supplies your daughter needed. And you got rid of another rat. You are blessed.

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It is 52 this morning but gray clouds. Weird weather. I slept pretty good waking up after two hours, awake a couple hours and then woke up at 8 dreaming about Southern Fried chicken legs that I make quite often. Must be hungry. I have to search my freezer. I know I have a few family size pkgs of boneless breasts in there.

My knee feels a lot better this morning. It does not feel so sore. Dianne gave me a tube of her arthritis cream and I put some on before I went to bed. 'Supposed to apply it twice a day. It is a gel and it is applied with a plastic applicator. It takes about twenty minutes for it to dry.

I am not depressed anymore other than seeing all the common rooms locked up with the blinds drawn does a number on my brain.

I had four step father's growing up and they were all good to my brother and I. My sister is 10 years younger than us. She was a year old when mom left her dad and took us to Tennessee for my 6th grade year. Mom drank a lot and had a hot temper and she got beat up more than I can remember. It is a wonder I turned out the way I did. All I ever wanted to do was get married and have a home. That home lasted 18 years and I finally divorced him because he was sleeping around all over town. He was so shocked and his pride was hurt because I left him. Too long ago and i survived to his surprise. The day I moved out he told me I bought the farm because he thought I was too stupid to take care of myself. I told him I was going to live on it. I got nothing from him in the divorce. I was supposed to get half the money when he sold the house but he died in it 31 years later. My children got the money when it sold.

Mary, I hope you can get rid of those rats and get the door fixed. How do they get into the garage? Do you leave the door open? A lot of things have gone wrong with that house since you bought it. That should not be happening. Of course, no one can control what Mother Nature is going to do. You are fortunate that your husband left you so well off. when he Even though he did not always treat you the best, he still cared enough that you would be able to live on your own after he died.

I am glad you are where you are in a safe community with lots of friends and activities. And your family is close by. You are lucky,

Anyway, I was very shy growing up and just lived in my little world with my dolls and books. Today, no one can shut me up. I am where I was supposed to be but it took me half a lifetime to find it. I still have my dolls and books. It is said that people who collect dolls have issues from their childhood.

My knee feels so much better this morning. I plan to stay off the stairs for a while.

Michele, I am worried about you, Please be careful and get a lot of rest. If you get a temperature call your doctor.

Bonnie, we all have our stories and it is good that we can share them here with no judgement. Did you get your groceries yet? Monday I am going to call the Senior center and order those frozen dinners just in case I can't get to the store. They include milk and bread and a dessert and are delivered every Wednesday and left outside our door. They are free, basically TV dinners.

With my knee being so sore lately I don't know if I could even get in my car, much less walk around the store. I miss being able to go downstairs and visit while waiting for the mailman in the mornings. Nothing to look forward to except an empty lobby and locked doors. Plus it is very cold. The heaters are not turned on. if I had one of those pointy wrenches I could turn them on. ( I knew the name of them yesterday but now cannot remember). Someone took all the knobs off a few years ago.


Eliza, I am glad your mom is doing so well and cooking for herself some. It hasn't rained yet and the sun has not come out yet. Have a good day.

John, you have a great sense of humor and you make me laugh out loud. I wonder how much longer this quarantine or whatever we call it will last? At least you can visit with your friends from your car.

Doris, you probably will not be able to get your WiFi up and running until this virus is gone. At least you can get out of town.

Karen, i love your sense of humor. I need a good laugh.

Shanti, I hope the virus has not found your area.

Have a good day everyone. I need breakfast and it is going on lunchtime now. emoticon to everyone.

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Eliza, it's scary when our parents make that we know aren't safe. Not being right there, there's nothing we can/could do! My father got lost on a walk one day. He was on his regular route but went out at noon instead of 6am. He was disoriented and a couple stopped their car, asked if he was okay...and he asked for a ride home!! He got into a car with 2 strangers because they had a dog and he thought if they had a dog they must be okay! He never let US have dogs...where in the world did that come from?? But I remember my mother being so upset. That couple turned out to be nice but they could have robbed my parents!! I hope your mom will be okay.

I had a wonderful welcome visit from my daughter, the 3 girls and my son in law. We didn't hug, which was SO hard. My daughter and SIL swept out the garage for me. I backed my car out in anticipation of the garage door opener guy coming around noon....and here was a dying RAT under my car!! SO nasty. Steven scooped him up with a shovel and put him in the trash along with the leavings of the garage mess. No other surprises BUT he was looking at the garage sensor and noticed that the pest control guy had places one of the bait traps near the sensor....he moved it, reconnected the latch, and the garage door works again. I called the door opener guy who was just getting ready to come to me! So thrilled that it all worked out. I was able to give the girls their Easter surprises, books and puzzles. And my daughter didn't have any K-2 measuring activities. Voila! I went to my files and found her 4 books with activities that she can print out to use. So glad I could help with home schooling! And I htnk it will be a welcome thing to do real activities rather than just using the iPad that the school provided.

Bonnie, I understand completely. My dad did mellow as he got older but he never gave any indication as to why he was so harsh with us. He acted like we were all going to disgrace the family....strange guy.



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MARY

Thanks for your insights. I am sure you are right.

I did not have a really good relationship with my dad when we were young. He could be a difficult man. However, I was very blessed that he has lived long enough to grow and become a much easier and more loving person.

Had he died young, I would not have had that. I am lucky that we now have such a good relationship.

My brother was not a good dad. He was an alcoholic and selfish. I feel sorry for my nieces that they were not able to come to that point with their dad, because he died so young.

It is what it is, but these are some of the things that we think about.

Fortunately, they are very close to my mom and dad, so that is a help.

It is dark and dreary out this morning. It has rained quite a bit and we are to have more rain. That's ok. I will figure out something to do today.

God bless all. Prayers.

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Morning..got cold 42...brrrrr emoticon
Michele your getting snow??omg! Stay warm..yesterday I did not realize it was so cold..rainy, windy morning..when I went to see mom.I felt ill...took a nap to warm up.

She just surprises me..she has a sharp mind..she had a couple go clean her yard..to me it was a shock..letting strange person's in her home..any way..I cannot judge her..or Be mad..I usually get a call from her..to tell me..I usually go over and just watch..oh well..it happened.

Getting new doors in soon..bedrooms..got to pray now


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Happy Saturday, Sparklers! I slept well, but I'm having the strangest dreams! Last night I dreamed that my Red Hat group was on a 'field trip,' although some of the people there were parents of long ago students!! One of my neighbors had on a tiny bikini and she's 68!! It was so very strange. I wonder what it means?? I htink my daughter will come today. I haven't seen her in 3 weeks. They are doing fine with home schooling but Steven is working from home and trying to keep the 3 girls quiet AND do school work is hard.

Bonnie, any anniversary brings up all kinds of memories, happy and regretful. In my Modern Widows group, we have talked about 'complicated grief.' My husband and I had many years of strife, and although things were going very well when he died, I still have so many thoughts of 'what if.' My father wasn't a caring, concerned man. My sisters and I have questions about his attitude towards us that we will never know. All of this is...complicated! So what you are feeling is very normal. Hope today is better.

Michele, losing your sense of taste or smell is one of the complications of Coronavirus. Please be careful!! I hope you are okay. Please keep track of your symptoms.

Brenda, I'm so glad you got the card. I love making them and made several thank you cards yesterday even when the power went out. My craft room has 2 sunny windows and nothing interfered, except it got really warm in the house! I've had my AC on for weeks. It was 90 yesterday!

John, I do SO get a kick out of your insights and such. Keep on keeping on...and keep on using your smarts! People need to use common sense. I still have neighbors who get out every day because they hate being home. At some point I am afraid that they are going to be way too vulnerable. Staying in your car and being able to chat with your friends is great. Just be careful about a 'crowd' situation.

Okay...time for breakfast. I have opened the garage door for when the man comes...I HOPE...to fix the door. It's extremely heavy and it is a once a day thing if he can't fix it.

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LOL Yes Iím up early Sparking emoticon

This afternoon Iím making canned apricot pie to go with our BQ steak.
DH grow up in CA and that is his favorite pie. In Idaho we had a big garden and 3 apricot trees.

Changing up my workout routine, adding hand weights emoticon


Eliza Good Morning My Friend emoticon

Bonnie,
I still havenít tried online shopping Hope you are okay until Tuesday shipment

Michele,
hope youíre welling and your taste has returned emoticon

Doris,
still thinking of your vacuum dancing :)

John,
LOL Okie Dokie Iím adding Ďstupid to the ďvirus contracting listĒ
Thanks that statement should keep me smiling for a while
Glad you was able to see a couple of your McDonalds friends emoticon emoticon



Brenda, Hi my friend, hope your day is filled with joy
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Mary, Hope your sleep was restful
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Hi I wish you all wellness. "Be smart and don't touch the virus". I am trying.

It is 51 degrees here and wonderfully cool. It is rainy at an enjoyable steady rate and we are protected from sunburn by the cloudy dreary sky. I cannot think of anything better except perhaps 70 degrees, sun and clear skys. We had lots of thunder early about 5am to wake us all up so we could get an early start on the day. hurray. Yes I am being silly.

Honestly I am tired of being afraid of touching the virus and catching it. It is worrisome.

I got to talk to Steve and Bill this morning for a while. They both live alone now and come to McDs most mornings for coffee.

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Hi All:

My county Carroll now has 9 cases of the virus so it is low. The US has about 100,000 with 1500 dead people. So the mortality rate is about 1.5 %. This is what I was wondering. 1.5% of the people who get it will die.

The other things is who is most likely to die and it is older, men (twice as likely), diabetics, heart disease, cancer, Type A blood, and those with additional medical problems. The big thing they left out was smarts, Dum people go quicker. If you don't protect yourself and are careless you are more likely to die. I have all those other things but I am protecting myself. I do go out to sit in my car and eat some fast food. These are the two things I do that are risky.

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BONNIE
i hope you get your order soon. seems everything is takig a long time, now!
I'm sorry about your brother. That has to be tough
family is famiy no matter what

ELIZA
I didn't know that Fridays were days to pray the Stations of the Cross! so much for my Catholic upbringing!

It is 70 & humid out today, Saturday. Tomorrow, sunday we're expected to have snow & only a high of 38!
No wonder I am sick!



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I placed a Clicklist order with Kroger and I am not able to pick it up until Tuesday. It has been 2 days, now it is 4. Hoping it is because of the weekend Sigh. Getting stuff for me and mom and dad

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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

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I had a better day today. I suspect that the fact that my brother Gary died 5 years ago the 25th, has affected my emotions. We were not terribly close, but he was my brother and ti was a difficult death.

I think that with all that is going on now, and the anniversary of his death, I just had a tough day.

I am good today. Picked up Diana's grocery order this morning. They did not give her any bread, so I came home and got a loaf out of the freezer to take to her.

Took it to her and then went to the park to read.

Came home, made dinner, and rode my stationary bike while it cooked. Took my shower, ate my dinner, cleaned up and now I am exhausted.

I am ok now.

Grateful for all of you.

KAREN

Glad you are doing well again.

We all have a hiccup on occasion.

ELIZA

Glad you saw mom on your birthday.

DORIS

Glad you have Early to get a change of scenery.

BRENDA

At least Katrina is being civil now. I suspect she is pretty stressed out at this time.

MICHELE

Take it easy until you feel better. It is important to heal.

MARY

How awful. I am so glad that you have the pest control person to help you.

I totally understand how overwhelming it is when everything goes wrong at the same time.

I get such a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feel for you, dear.

Take care of yourself and try to relax as best you can. So sorry.

God Bless my friends. Prayers for all of us.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

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Mary, It is unbelievable to me that the rats would chew through the plastic to get the water. I guess you need to put everything in your refrigerator in the garage or put it in your spare bedroom. I hope you get your garage door fixed.

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card. I cherish each one you send me. You do such a beautiful job on them. I have no plans to do anything on my birthday. I will be 78. Patti was 79 last month.

Get well Michele.

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Yes..Michele. Today we pray..stations cross.
Karen..I did not walk much emoticon

Cake is almond...
I just was glad she is okay..I have to just take her food..she won't tell me what to get..
She has to eat.. emoticon
Delivery workers from stores plan to go on strike! emoticon
Windy 60 mph today emoticon
I took a nap.. emoticon
Bonnie you ok?? emoticon
Michele feel better!! emoticon


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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I can't do zumba b/c of my back. I like P.J.'s workouts b/c she has something for everyone---she shows a bunch of different levels. I can usually keep up with her on most of her workouts

MARY
this is the right place to complain!
I hope your garage will work tomorrow, too.

BRENDA
that is going to be tough, since the caregivers can't go to your apt anymore.

As for my cold, no---no fever, the aches are gone again this morning (they were bad again last night) & now I just have a stuffed nose. Don't feel like eating since I can't taste anything anyhow.

I just finished the "stations of the cross" with St. Francis chruch in Raleigh. My sister Susan sent me the link. I feel fulfilled!

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I didnít walk today, but I didnít overeat either so thatís a PLUS
Did my Zumba online for 40Ē but after checking in I cover my camera
so they canít see me dancing to a different drummer.
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Eliza, Did you do extra cardio for all the B-Day cake

Bonnie,
Hope you are feeling better. Sending my friendship and prayers that this will pass soon.
Glad you are staying away from the Ďtravelersí


Michele, emoticon
hope achy, awful feeling pass quickly, thinking of you and your stuffy nose emoticon
Found your exercise link, Fitness with PJ, that looks great and hard workouts
Great Job!!


Doris,
Great you will be able to keep your Wednesday appointment with the endocrinologist.
Love this new technology and how itís keeping us together. Hope you like the new doctor.
emoticon how you are limiting the news to once a day.
And LOL I also dance with my vacuum and mop.
And while unloading dishwasher itís stretch time.
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John, emoticon
sounds like the pandemic peak is hitting middle of April so 2 weeks away.
For our shopping we are going next Tuesday and will go early for the senior shopping.
Sounds like Oregon supplies are still depleted.


Brenda, hope your knee is feeling better emoticon


Mary,
LOL Yes we want to hear all of your saga :) emoticon emoticon
Yikes a RAT and Iím assuming like we heard everything is bigger in TX
Canít say Iíve ever seen a Rat but it sounds scary.
I lived in the primitive area of Idaho, snowed in for 70 miles and we had mice LOOOOTS of them No place for them to go except our cabin and garbage pit.


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Doris, I hope you can get into the endocrinologist's office if need be. This is truly a trying time!

Michele, do slow down and don't do anything outside of the house if you can. Drink plenty of fluids and monitor how you feel!

Eliza, I hope you enjoyed the birthday celebration!

Brenda, I hope the rats will be taken care of eventually.

The pest control guy came after an hour and a half power failure. He said all the baits he put in the garage attic were gone so the rats ate them! That's good. He pulled a rolling cart away from the wall. That's where I saw the rat this morning. Lo and behold, the rats had chewed through 5 of my 24 pack of water bottles!! He thinks they chewed a hole and then let it act like a water fountain!! We threw away the bottles that were drained...still encased in the plastic surround!!...and I washed the other bottles and put them in my outdoor fridge. He put down a lot more baits and some of my glue traps. He will come back next week and cover up some of the exposed places they might be using to get inside.

After he left I tried to close my garage door. The remote and the wall mounted button didn't work! Usually after a power outage that happens so I got on a ladder, carefully, and unplugged, then replugged the switch. Nothing hap[pend. I asked a neighbor to close the door after I disengaged the pull switch. I am SOOOOOO tired of having to deal with things. I feel like I have a giant target on me. I'm just so overwhelmed. Just whining. the garage door people will come tomorrow. I'll live.

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Mary, I am scared of rats, afraid they might jump on me. I have seen those huge sewer rats when I worked on the waterfront at a tavern. I had to shut the back kitchen door by 4:30 pm everyday so they could not run into the kitchen. I had never seen one so big and I never want to see another one. I worked the 4 to midnight shift It was the Longshore workers tavern so it was a very safe place to work. When I would close there were always a few outside waiting for me to go home. Did you scream bloody murder when you saw the rat?

Michele, I am so sorry you are feeling sick again. Keep drinking water so you don't dehydrate. Do you have a fever?

Dianne is happily busy making masks out of scrap fabric and giving them away. She offered me one but I refused. I would not wear one.

We got a message from our Senior Center that we can call them and order 5 frozen dinners delivered to our door every Wednesday. I might try it. I have had a couple in the past and they are OK, but nothing to write home about.

Caregivers are now banned from coming here starting next Monday. Dianne has one every morning for a couple hours, She will just have to muddle along herself until this is over. I don't plan to go help her. She is able to vacuum but has to be careful her wheelchair wheels don't get tangled up in the cord She can cook too. What she really needs is someone to wrap her legs every morning so they don't swell. Maybe her daughter can come and help her but she is a very sloppy cook.

Dianne gave me a tube of Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel, 1% to put on my knee. It is for arthritis and it works for her. She has a lot of it from her doctor.

Doris, that is too bad you lost your cleaning lady. Do you have phone service when you go to Ernest? I hope you do not have to go see the doctor.

Eliza, i am happy you liked the card I sent you. It is not actually a birthday card but when I saw the picture of the girl I thought she looked like you in her cute dress.

Karen, walking outside around here is difficult coming back up the hill so I just walk around inside the building or around the outside of the building.

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how absolutely ick! with the rats! Did pest control come & clean them up?!!
at Tad's parents' house there were rats-----the size of a regular cat! Unfortunately they are in the underground system around his parents' old house. Pest control did come in & take care of them; but they always come back

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why do you have to go to the endocrinologist ?

I don't mind housework myself; I find it very therapeutic & I also am very thorough

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I'm glad you told K. "no" you are not anyones chauffeur, maid, servant etc.
I also would just give stuff to people if they needed it

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did you get your walk in? I'm going to do an aerobic workout out with P.J. com; she is a trainer out of vancouver, Canada who helps women over 40. One day I really want to go to her studio!

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glad you're doing ok today. you seem to know a lot about ss money.

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what kind of cake did you share with your mom?

I spoke too soon: i was achy & feeling awful again last night. Now, the next stage--my nose was runny & now stuffed. I have no appetite. sigh....

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Brenda... emoticon emoticon emoticon

I just got your card.. emoticon lovely emoticon apples are my favorite fruit emoticon


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Mary, OH! NO! RATS!! Guess they don't like all the rain we've had and need a dry place to nest!! Glad you're getting help to get on top of it. You need to borrow someone's emoticon

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Eliza, your birthday was a surprise to me too, until I saw it here. Hope it was a good day! emoticon

Bonnie, I hope today is a better day for you too. We all have those waves where the situation tries to overwhelm us. We just have to move forward. Something I've done that has helped is to limit my TV exposure and continue reading my Bible each day. I watch the local news about once per day, but try not to leave the news feed running constantly. I want to be informed but don't need a lot of speculation or overload. No one really knows the future, but then we didn't before this started either! We just didn't think about it as much!! emoticon

Karen , have you taken your walk today? emoticon We are having tons of pollen here--saw cedar pollen drift by this morning, and all the oak trees in my yard are in full bloom too. I'm taking my allergy pills and staying indoors. I can always dance with the vacuum or mop if I'm looking for aerobic exercise!! I need to do that daily to keep up with the floors. I had a girl helping me but she got a job with benefits so I'm back to doing it myself. She had me spoiled because she always did a thorough job, where my cleaning never gets the whole house done on the same day!

DH needed to get the oil changed in his pickup before we go back to Early again, so he dropped it off this morning and I picked him up so he didn't sit in the waiting room. We will go back to get it in a little while, taking wipes to clean the steering wheel, etc. We're trying to be safe and do life too. The grass and weeds will need attention, probably next week, at Early. We don't want to be "bad" neighbors by letting it get grown up.

John, that would be nice if we do all get the $1200. I had thought earlier that those of us not in the work force and on SS probably wouldn't see any of that $. Maybe this will tempt us to spend and get the economy going again. emoticon

I had an appointment with the endocrinologist for next Wednesday and they called to give me a web address where we can do a video conference instead. I didn't want to go in, but hated to cancel the appointment. This will at least get the relationship started for her care. Then if I have to go to the lab, I just do, but maybe it can be postponed until the peak has past on this virus.

Hope all is well with all of you today!! emoticon emoticon

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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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Want more of my saga? I opened the garage door because I refuse to go into the garage unless the door is opened now....and instead of mice, I saw a RAT! HUGE RAT right where the glue trap was and right where the mice were last week. I called the pest control guy and I get 3 more trips within a month. I told the wife to make sure he knows I saw the rat!!!! Very unnerving!

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Mary..thank you..
I guess I removed my birth date on Facebook..
I wondered nobody wished me a happy day..
You all here on spark peop!e are real friends.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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Hi friends..
So nurse was supposed to call me..early and..I was waiting..but, I got call from mom...
She wanted some cake..
I took her a few groceries..we were practicing social distancing..hard not to hug her.. emoticon
Had coffee..
Hurried home..then prayed..I always pray at 9:30 am
Then nurse called me..all good..I do take meds. For thyroid..for diabetis..I just went to cvs..bought Centrum..
Just call her if I feel ill.. emoticon she said.
Bonnie..rest..
John..I hear we will get 1,200 too.when????
Brenda how is knee??
"Be not afraid"
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emoticon Yesterday was a BIG SUCCESS emoticon
* I joined conference-site Zoom for my Zumba class.
Was so much fun seeing everyone
* I ate in my range and drank my water
* I recommitted to my health plan


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Bonnie, sounds like all this stress about the virus has hit your nerves on the head and you need to just chill out. I heard we are not supposed to have anyone in the car with us so I will not take anyone anywhere for any reason.

I slept pretty good last night despite the pain in my right knee. It was really sore all day yesterday but when I got carefully out of bed this morning my knee just feels stiff, no pain. There is no swelling. I am sure walking the stairs gung ho instead of taking the elevator to get exercise within the building really did a number on my knee.

When Katrina called me yesterday she asked if I am available to shop for people and can she give out my phone number. i told her no, most here have my number and the ones who don't do not need to call me. They have family. If they run out of something and I have it I will give it to them.

Katrina is calling residents a few at a time to let us know if we need quarters for laundry or whatever to call and leave a message. We cannot knock on the office door when she is here. She is not to open the door to speak to us. She will be here for a few hours today to do some paper work. I am over my snit with her. for now anyway.

Shanti, it is good to hear from you and you and your family are fine. emoticon

John, I won't hold my breath until we get our money from the government. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush so I won't believe it until I see the deposit. They can always change their mind. Myself, I will not eat or drink anything that someone else has handled until this is over. I am talking fresh foods, Who knows what they do to or around the food.

Have a good day everyone. Be back later.

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I am washing my sheets and some towels, have scrubbed the granite in the bathrooms and kitchen, and planned my lunch and dinner. I wrote 2 cards to widow friends who are really feeling bad about all the isolation. One is almost legally blind and doesn't drive. Another just likes to be out and about and even though she could go stay with either of her daughters for companionship, she is 'wallowing' for all practical purposes. I've tried to get her to just go and stay for the duration so she won't be so dissatisfied. There would be plenty for her to help with, but she isn't interested. I hope both will be okay. I am fine...there are many things to keep me busy! I call or text friends every day to make sure they're being okay.

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I had a pretty rough day yesterday. I just wasn't right all day.

I think I am better today, and will be ok.

I think all of this just hit me hard yesterday, and nothing I did helped. Thank God for a good night's sleep.

I am going to go to the Kroger and pick up a clicklist for Diana in a few minutes. She asked me to take her to the Dollar store and I told her no. I am being that careful about the virus.

She has actually been gone with her friend who's brother died, and they did a bit of going around to places in Detroit taking care of things

I am not going to take any changes.

If I am going to stay home and NOT eat out, I am not taking any other chances. LOL

I am feeling a bit better today.

MICHEHE

Glad you are feeling better.

Glad you are staying home.

Glad to know the rest of you are taking care of yourself also.

I am going to ride my bike after I get home from the store.

Today, I will have a good day.

Wishing you all a good day as well. God Bless all. Take care.

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Hi Shanti: We have 7 cases now in Carroll Co Maryland where I am. The state has about 600 cases up from 300 on Monday. Doubled this week. If it does it again we will have 1200 next Friday. And the week after that 2400. I think this is why it is so scary. One of the medical experts predicted the virus would not stop until about 65% of the people are immune to it. I think this means they survive getting the virus. This is a worst case scenario I hope. A vaccine will help.
The Washington Post said for people getting socsec the checks will go into the same account or address. No action is required on your part other than waiting.$1200 yes. Peace to you too.


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how lucky you arre that there are not many in your county!

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what a shame about the housekeeper. I am very picky, or maybe the word is thorough? about being clean---the way I'd want my own place to be if someone was doing it for me

The clouds are rolling in---the rain will be here soon!

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Michele, we have a housekeeper to clean the building twice a week but she does a shoddy job.
There is still Christmas glitter on the carpet in the lobby..

You are wise to stay away from the tone chime practice during all this situation.

I am on my way to bed, It is almost 10 and am fading fast. So enjoy your day. I am praying for you and your family everyday.

Good Night. emoticon .

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Hi Everyone!
I have been trying to keep up with your post, I read most of them, but haven't taken the time to post myself.

The way I understand the $1200 stimulus checks will go to everyone based on income, it will include retired people on Social Security. They should start distributing them around April 7th. I'm not going to hold my breath over it.

Brenda, It's good that others are pitching in with wiping down the common areas in your building. Maybe they will see how much you do and continue to help with other things and not expect others to do everything.

I am only going out when I have to, My son will go to the store for us if we need anything. We are pretty well stocked up. I went for my labs today, it was dead up at the hospital, parking lot was empty. Tent was set up to screen people with the virus, but no one was there to get screened. Only 25 cases in our county.

Stay safe.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZA!!!!

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I wouldn't have a clue as how to set up zoom. But I'm glad it was successful for you

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that is good that someone is doing that wiping down. When I do touch rails I don't use my hand.
I never gave a thought to my health being due to bike riding & walking. Hmmmm..

I went to the pharmacy to buy bread for Tad's breakfast & yogurt I wish we could get more than white bread here. I don't eat it myself.

rain is on its way tonight & all tomorrow

Junko cancelled tomorrow's tone chime practice at her house . I'm glad she did b/c I wasn't planning on going since I have been under the weather. I still plan to take a long nap this afternoon!

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Brenda, the Zoom meeting we did Sunday was very easy using my lap top and it was nice to see the others. Mary, we didn't have people talking over each other. I think this may have been a first for several and they felt intimidated by the set up.

Glad to hear you're feeling better Michele!

Karen, glad you've gotten past the problem. I had about 2 days of overload and it's been ok since then. Just trusting God to bring us through!

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Mary, I bought Dave's bread for a while but I really did not care for it so I quit buying it. I like the Safeway brand Oat Nut. I think It is better than the Orowheat and cheaper.

I would not like to do one of those chat phone calls. Sounds confusing.

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Michele, all the bike riding and walking have a lot to do with your good health. I have never used fresh ginger. I do not take any prescription drugs either. I quit the BP meds about 4 years ago as they were making me have palpitations. My BP has not been high since.

Peggy, who lives down the hall, and her daughter are running around inside the building wearing masks and head scarfs cleaning the stair wells and railings and the elevator. Several residents clean the stair railings everyday so I quit. Myself., I never touch the railings except in the stair well..

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Happy birthday, Eliza! FB didn't tell me it was your day! Glad it was a good one for you. The cake looks yummy.

Doris, I like Dave's Bread from Costco. It's full of seeds, nuts, and protein/fiber. I have another frozen loaf, thank goodness.

Brenda, I don't know if any of us will be getting the $1200 any time soon. I htink they did say if you have direct deposit, it will be in your account quicker!

Michele, I'm so glad you're feeling better. I don't do any of those herbal/spice supplements.

John, i am walking and visiting with those who are outside along the way. they closed down the golf course at 6 tonight. I hope people will stay put!

I had just finished supper and was getting ready to clean up the kitchen when the Modern Widows Club leader (I'm the co-leader of one of the Houston area groups) texted to say she was 'ready for our Zoom meeting!' Yikes! I thought she set it up for NEXT Thursday! I hurriedly get online and chatted with 5 of the members, 2 of which I haven't seen in person in over a year. It was nice but it's like everyone talks over everyone else! They want to do it every week. I told them I would probably go for twice a month!

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that is wonderful about the cake! Yes! do enjoy yourself today!!!!

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Ginger powder is NOT the same as fresh ginger. I don't even know if there is any health value in it.
I buy a fresh bulb of ginger, grind it & put it in a jam or other airtight jar/ container. Every morning, I take 1 teaspoon of the fresh ground ginger with some water. I don't like it much, but it's supposed to be an almighty food, & I rarely get sick.

I am not on any perscription drugs, either.

I also take a teaspoon daily of all of these spices: turmeric, paprika, basil, cumin, corriander & cinammon.
I had a very good eye appt this month; my eyes for the very first time were not getting worse, so now I don't have to go back to the eye dr. for an entire year! Hooray!

I don't know if the fasting between meals ( I don't snack so as to not raise my insulin) or the spices/ginger/garlic that I eat daily(they are my supplements) are responisible for my health

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Forget the diet today..my husband bought it..almond..
I really just had small piece
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Doris, I eat the Oat and Nut bread too. I still have two loaves in the freezer. Safeway had them on sale 3 for $5 and I almost didn't buy them. Now I have them when I need them. The bread store has the oat nut bread but their loaves are much bigger as far as length. I think the restaurants use them. The only white bread I eat is french bread for garlic bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.

Michele, I am happy to hear you are feeling better because I was worried about you. Now I will worry and pray for Annie that she does not come down with the virus.

I get Medicare/Medicade payments once a month. The Medicare check is almost $600 and that is the one I am waiting for now. So don't worry. I have plenty to live on.

So, I have a lot of fresh garlic and a jar of Ginger powder. How do I use them? All I know about ginger is it makes good cookies. I seldom eat cookies or cake. I put chopped garlic in pots of soup or make garlic bread sometimes. I am the only person here who has no prescriptions.

Eliza, did you have a nice birthday today?

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good morning from Yokohama friends! Gee, I go to sleep over night & wake up to a ton of chatting!

DORIS
white bread is pretty predominant here. I like the American breads better; there is such variety!
Glad your farm is doing well.


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I too, had a nothing day yesterday (Thursday) as I was feeling awful! I woke up this morning, (Friday) & actually feel a ton better! I took Brenda's advice & drank a lot! of water. I was craving carbs so when Tad bought cake on the way home from work I ate 2 big pieces. Hasn't affected my weight at all but now I am better so no excuses today to pamper myself with junk

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K sounds really scary! I wonder if like John said she can actually do that?!!!
I hope you get more money that the little amt that you received

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I love your humor! We need more of that! Glad you had a good day today!

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whew! I was worried about you. glad you're ok, too.

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another happy birthday from me! I hope it was a good one!

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hooray for you being able to do your zoom! And yes, please this is a great time to still take it easy

I talked to Annie this morning; she has been exposed to the virus on the Dublin flight she was on last week. she is fine, symptom-less so far

I advised her to go out & get garlic & ginger, as they are "almighty" foods to fight infection & viruses

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I figured out what that $146 is in my account. It is part of my early SS payment. That is the medicade amount I get, always on the 1st of the month. We must be getting our SS early this month or medicade part of it early. My brain has been so muddled up since this all began. I can't remember much of anything.

So no one is messing with my account, Bonnie. I am glad you are there for your mom and dad if they need anything. I hope you got sunshine today.

Katrina just called me and she was nice as pie. She wanted to know if I could do shopping for people when I went to the store. I told her no, because I am not going, I'm stocked up besides my knee is really sore from going up and down the stairs getting exercise. Katrina does not know if everyone will be getting that $1200. She is trying to find out. So I am not mad at her for the moment anyway.





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Happy Birthday! Glad you had a birthday cake. YAY

Enjoy your day as best you can. Then, plan a day to celebrate after the quarantine. LOL

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As far as I know, there have not been any deposits. The bill has not even passed, or if it has, it is very recent.

Maybe you should try to find out what the deposit is from? We do have to be very careful as there are scammers out there trying to find a way to get into our accounts.

We can never give information to someone.

I am trying to find out if the money is only for working people, or for everyone. Hoping that we all get something.

I have had a pretty nothing day today. I seem to have very little energy, so I am conserving it.

Sat on the back deck reading for a bit, and opened the house up to get a bit of fresh air. Trying to listing to my body, so not riding my stationary bike today.

I am still good for the week.

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Glad you had a good report.

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Good that you were able to get out of the house.

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Take care of yourself as best you can.

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Glad you are over your little "snit". LOL It's a new day.

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Glad you have been able to get out some too.

Take care my friends. This too shall pass.

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John, Katrina's bosses are worse than she is. I guess it is a requirement that HUD people are not nice to residents. We got very spoiled with Laurie, This was a fun place and we had a lot of activities all year long. On Easter she would hide candy all around the community room and lobby. Janice usually found most of it.

Katrina called Suzanne and told her she thought because everyone is so depressed we should all stand in our doorways and sing songs. DUH. Not going to happen. Most people are taking naps.

I am going to cook the rest of the hamburger in the air cooker, that way the grease goes through the screen to the bottom of the pot so the patty is not greasy. Am toying with ordering another George Foreman cooker/ They used to run about $25 at Walmart but I seldom shop there anymore. I use Amazon, avoid the crowds and save gas.



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Mary I'm in a good spot now emoticon glad you are feeling better everyday

Eliza,
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Brenda, thanks for the well wishes Hope that's not you stimulus check emoticon


John thanks for the link and encouragement
I've also seen some virus numbers jumping, doubling in 3 days (back home in Idaho) not sure if it's more testing or what

Yes Zoom is real cool, once I can get around the site faster I'm planning a visit with my BDay group. There's 13 and we usually go out 1-2X a month to eat, shop, or exercise

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Happy Birthday, Eliza! emoticon Who got the cake for you?

John, it's nice to have something new to learn while confined. I used Zoom Sunday, but on the "easy" end. Whoever sets up the meeting had more to do. Mary, did the meeting originate from you, or were you just a user like I was? Glad it worked well! And glad you got the good report from the nurse!!

I finished my laundry this morning, made tacos and beans for lunch, and rode about 30 miles with DH as he returned a fertilizer cart he had used this morning. We have a patch of Old World Blue Stem grass that he tries to get hay from each year for the cows, but each spring it needs to be fertilized. We expect rain on Saturday and Monday, so this is a good time to be spreading it so the rain will soak it into the ground. We stopped by to pick up a prescription he needed and a loaf of bread and ice cream. I can't find my Oroweat OatNut bread through this period, but that's ok. I do like white bread even if it's not the best for my sugar. That seems to be what our stores have now, if they have any at all. Today there was plenty of it. Maybe reason is returning to people's shopping!!

Brenda, the sun flowers we have aren't the big, pretty kind. Instead they are weeds that get about 6 feet tall, and farmers like to get rid of them before they're 6 inches tall. He was poisoning them so we won't have a problem in a few weeks. And it has been extremely wet there, so no flowers are planted. It will have to dry a lot before I can get the ground ready. It may not happen!!

Bonnie, glad you were able to visit your mom and that your dad is getting to fish. That helps to pass the time.

Michele, hope you get over your cold soon. Rest is your best option right now. emoticon Was K not feeling well too when you were baby sitting or just gone?


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I found a deposit of $146 in my checking account from the government. Not $1200 like I heard. Maybe that does not apply to us old folks?

Eliza, I am happy you got a cake surprise. I will not get one but I don't like cake in the first place. I told several people I like apple pie so maybe someone will make me one. Ha Ha, in my dreams.

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I got up and..surprised..a cake! emoticon

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Hi All:

My $1200 has not arrived yet. It does look like the number of cases is going to take off fast in MD soon. The curve is very steep. My question is how high will it go? I am staying clear of people and have almost no contact that could transfer the disease.

Hi Brenda: She should not threaten everyone like that. I expect she would get into trouble if her bosses found out. But I don't recommend telling cause I have done that several times in the past and lost jobs. Almost got kicked out of college cause I rated on an abusive professor. The bad people stay in place and make it hard on you and eventually they get gone but you are long gone before that. Well I was anyway. The burgers sound great.

Glad you can focus on the positive. Helping others. Taking good care of yourself.

Hi Mary: After hearing you talk of zoom I thought I would learn it. Then I found someone is teaching a class and using zoom so I need to learn. Getting it done before you need it is a great idea. Glad you are playing it safe. The high sickness rate sneaks up on people. It takes several days before the symptoms may show and they are giving it to others the whole time. And then BOOM. I think it is like a spill of ink on the table. It gets on everyone who touches it and then on anyone or anything they touch. Such a mess.

Karen: Zumba sounds good for you. Grocery stores here have senior only hours, say 6 to 7 am at Walmart every tuesday. Giant 6 to 7 am everyday. Safeway 7 to 9am Tues and Thu. There are seniors only in the stores and it is first thing of the day after they touch overnight. Best time of the day. Maybe they have some there.

Maryland has about 650 cases in the whole state but it is headed up fast. 7 only in Carroll County where I live. This is good. What are the chances I run into one of them? Low I hope. Everyone stares at anyone who coughs or sneezes now. Lol. It is a way to attract attention.


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The sun is out this morning so it is going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood. When I eat my junk food I weigh and measure serving sizes and only eat the recommendations. Nuts are very healthy for our hearts. Chocolate is good for us too. Plus we need salt and potassium. I am very organized with food. Never eat out of a big bag! Egg yolks are good for our eyes. Do you remember when "they said" eggs were bad for us? I ate them anyway.

Last night when I decided to make hamburger patties instead of meatloaf. I looked for my George Forman grill and evidently I tossed it because it wasn't working right. So I used my iron skillet. You should have seen all the fat from that 80% ground beef. After i cooked two patties I realized I should have used my air cooker instead. My mind is wandering all over these days.

When I went to RiteAid .yesterday there was only one checkout lane open. Hardly anyone was shopping. Safeway's parking lot was full. I am not going grocery shopping until next Tuesday, depending on how my food stash is lasting.

John. all our common rooms and the bathroom downstairs are locked. Katrina took all the furniture is out of the lobby except for two chairs. We all have a key that will let us in the common rooms but Katrina said if anyone goes in there and she finds out they will be evicted on the spot. We cannot even go down to wait for the mailman to come. She has evil eyes when she gets irritated. The UPS delivery guy does not even like her.

Mary, I am so happy you got a good report from your nurse. Just keep on keepin' on and you will soon be back to 100%

Karen, I hope you are feeling calmer today. i think I am over my crying jags. They went on for about a week. At the drop of a hat I would cry over nothing. At least you have your husband with you. I have been alone since 2006.

Michele, be sure to stay hydrated. I hope you are some better today.and you only have a cold. Have you called your doctor? I am praying for you. emoticon

Eliza, how are things in your neck of the woods? Have you been to see your mom or are you staying away and talking to her on the phone? I hope you have a very emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Doris, that is so good that you have the property in Ernest to get away from everything. Did you plant flowers there or were they already there?

Bonnie, I hope you have sunshine and roses today if you go to the park.

I really miss Marielle and think of her everyday.


Have a better day everyone. emoticon



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My Zoom chats yesterday were fine. I have been doing that for 6 months or so, so I know how to do that. What I AM so proud of is that I did a video chat with my surgeon a few minutes ago and it worked fine, too! I saw the nurse rather than the surgeon. She told me to do another month of restricting lifting...don't want a hernia! They told me I could resume all activities after 2 weeks, so this is so different! Glad I don't have anywhere to go and not much to do! I'm really glad it worked out. A new accomplishment!

John, it's wonderful to hear from you. So glad you can visit in the car. That's great and a safe outlet! Houston and surrounding areas are on restrictions. The men are still playing golf and the ladies are playing bridge in people's homes...not me! Stay safe.

Brenda, I am grinning that you are eating fun junk food! You are so careful all the time. I'm glad you are allowing yourself some treats!

Michele, I wonder if the aches are stress related. No other symptoms of a bad cold or flu....maybe a hot shower and a heating pad where it hurts?

Karen, I know we are all stressed right now. Try to do a couple of 'good' things each day and allow a small treat. Like you say, all the candy is gone...you'll be fine!

The fish sounds great, Bonnie! I have flounder fillets and 3 more small salmon fillets in the freezer. I found a bag of shrimp, too, and lots of frozen veggies! Yes, the Modern Widows club is a great support group, founded in 2011. We have lots of info online and have monthly meetings in about 25 cities. Houston is so big that we have 3 chapters here. Now that we're on restrictions we will try for Zoom meetings. We need to keep in touch with each other!

I have things to do today...but no places to go or people to see!

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John.glad your ok..
Sounds like a nice visit with your friend... emoticon

Brenda..party with us today..enjoying our goodies emoticon is there many people shopping when you went?
I too do not touch people.
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Hi All: I am okay and thank you for caring. I didn't mean to stay away. I've been reading all the posts but guess I did not reply.

In MD we don't have a forcefully applied shutdown but rather a recommended shelter in place. No fines or law enforcement just news that says stay home unless needed. So I've been staying home except when I go to McDs and sit in my car and talk to my buddy in the next car. I've met some of my other smarter buddies while out but they are in a hurry to get back home. They have families too they don't want to get sick.

My HUD housing has closed all the common rooms but left the bathrooms and laundry rooms open. They closed the office to all but emergencies and say call in with problems. They cancelled all group activities like bingo, bible study, and crafts. They keep about 3 staff there instead of the 10 or so I sometimes see.

I read the new bailout will give each citizen 1200 to offset costs of the virus. I am looking for mine for sure. 2400 for a couple and then 500 for each child. If you make over 75000 it starts to reduce. No risk there. A couple with 5 kids would get 4900 which probably does not cover costs. Kids are a pricey option.

I've been really good about not touching poeple or staying close to them. Washing hands a lot. My life has not changed all that much. I never was into groups of people.

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I also agree---where are you? we miss you! Please check in. we care!

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I hope this video chat goes well That is the way Annie got her 1st job in Laurenburg, N.C. working for a japanese company called "FCC"

ELIZA
thank you for the SP goodie. I feel awful today! Only body aches. Boy! Does my body hurt!!! no fever, chills, runny nose, nausea etc. A somewhat scratchy sore throat. If this is how my 2 grandchildren felt---wow!
thank you for the SP goodie. I was just looking out the window & thinking I need to plant flowers this year; last year I did not b/c I just couldn't afford them


I took a nap for 1 1/2 hours. drinking lots of water

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I would never, ever have imagined that the bank would close! A big bag of nuts is a good i dea---you will feel full & be healthy at the same time

Meatloaf, hamburger patties, both sound good

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what a great idea to throw the fish back! Whether or not the lake is polluted, it leaves more fish for next time.



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I went to the bank intending to cash a check but they are closed. The drive through was open but it was a long line. So I went to a cash machine and got $300 out of my checking. Am gathering my cash together to pay my dentist on my next visit, whenever that is. I cancelled my crown and will not have it done until this flu virus has passed. Then I went to Rite Aid and bought a phone card. a big can of cashew's and a big can of mixed nuts, a bag of Fritos and a bag of potato chips. I am ready to party hearty by myself. emoticon I bought my Reece's pieces at Safeway the other day.
It never occurred to me that the banks would be closed too. Janie went to her bank the other day and got cash and two rolls of quarters for laundry.

The meatloaf I intended to make is turning into hamburger patties because it is too late in the day to make it since I got back home.

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Eliza, both the test Zoom call for our local widows worked earlier today and tonight's call with about 20 leaders across the US worked, too. Heed your mother's warning and DO just stay home!

Brenda, I don't think that people telling anyone who will get the virus and who won't, especially according to blood type, is right! Just keep washing your hands and staying away from crowds. I think most of us will come out just fine.

That being said, I hope you are 'just out of sorts,' Michele, and that you aren't really sick. Rest up and drink plenty of fluids.

Bonnie, I walked 25 houses down and back again today. Not yet up to riding my bike but I'm feeling stronger. Hope the weather at the park was good reading weather!

Doris, it was 90 in Houston today! I toyed with a Blizzard yesterday on the way home from the accountant's office but just went straight home! I did an inventory of my frozen foods and found many things I'd forgotten. If I run out of fresh things I will go to Sprouts next week at some point.

John, how are you doing? Please check in!

I have a videochat with my surgeon tomorrow morning. I hope it will work this time!

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MICHELE

So sorry that you caught the kid's cold. That would happen to me often when I was babysitting the kids. Feel better.
We don't eat the fish that dad catches. He throws them back in to catch another day. LOL

He is fishing in the river, not the lake and it is more polluted than the lake.

BRENDA

Your meatloaf sounds good.

I should make one some day.

ELIZA

Hope you enjoyed your day.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

Take care.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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3/25/20 8:20 P
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Oh no michele..sorry your ill..
Brenda..I forgot about your idea...I will do!!
Where is John????? emoticon

Bonnie....
Nice you visit your parents..my mom just says" don't go out! "
Doris ..it is warm here too 85.. emoticon
Being lazy too emoticon emoticon
Mary did your call work?????


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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3/25/20 8:06 P

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ELIZA
leaky water in bathrooms is a nightmare! I hope you were able to clear the drain!

DORIS
good that you dind7t get change for your ice cream. The flowers do sound pretty to look at!
we will have 70 today, tomrrow & then the icky weather starts: rain on Sat/ sunday & dreary for all of next week

BONNIE
I love fish! Do you eat everything that your dad catches?
Good that you & mom sat in the sun!

BRENDA
that is hogwash that some people are more suseptible to get the virus. It is open for everyone!

and yes! Money can be VERY dirty. There is no way we can live without it so again----handwashing is the way to go

I had my breakfast on time today; fish raw vegetables & milk. I also take spices directly since supplements are not encouraged in this country

I am achy all over. no runny nose, no fever , just feel lethargic. I think I picked up the kids' cold when I babysat on Monday

I will not be going out & will cuddle up on my warm carpet & watch "Ghost Whisperer" And "Blue Blood" with Tom Selleck. I used to love Magnum P.I. !

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3/25/20 6:49 P

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Eliza. Have you got baking soda and vinegar? Put some of that down the drain and it should/may clear the drain. It is probably hair plugging it. I just dump some soda down the drain then pour some vinegar down and it immediately explodes. It is great fun for me. You might need to do it a couple times. I keep a gallon of white vinegar on hand and a couple boxes of baking sode. Much cheaper than calling a plumber.

I am not going to worry about my blood type. Patti says she is a virus carrier.

The skies are blue and the sun is out. i have walked the halls and stairs a few times today. All three floors and three stair wells.

Doris, I am glad you and your hubby had a nice time in Ernest. The flowers sound beautiful to look at. I hope you didn't give them a $20 bill to pay for your ice cream! I never thought about the change being possibly toxic.

Bonnie, I hope you had a nice day to read your book in the park.

Michele. how are things in your corner of the world today? I hope you got some of our sun. No rain here. I had a small sliced apple, red grapes, a small tub of Activia yogurt and a small mozzarella Baby Bel cheese round for lunch. Making meatloaf for dinner.

John, how are things in your world today? Is your building locked down, shut down?

Mary, I hope your zoom call went well and you are healing more.

Karen, I'm glad you found us.

Have a good day everyone. emoticon

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3/25/20 6:36 P

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Rode my stationary bike. Shower, breakfast, etc.

Went to mom's house and she came out and we sat in the sun in the driveway. She took a walk. Dad went fishing and he called and told us he was catching fish. So he was happy.

It was almost 60 and sunny today. It was a nice day.

ELIZA

Sorry about the plumbing issues, Always so frustrating.

BRENDA

There is a lot of misinformation out there right now.

MICHELE

Our weather must have been close to the same.

DORIS

Glad you had a nice time away.

I am just going to have a lazy evening.


Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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3/25/20 5:39 P

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Brenda, Zoom is some kind of platform used to connect groups of people at the same time with both audio and video. We used it Sunday. The man doing DH's Bible study works with a company that has it and allowed him to use it Sunday. He set up the "meeting" and gave us a link and also the meeting number. We were able to discuss things, both seeing and hearing him, the others, and he seeing us. Just another way to communicate. This man uses it for his business meetings.

We made it home about an hour ago and I have my first load of laundry in the washer. It is 85 today, and seems almost like summer. The wild flowers along our drive were beginning to be pretty, as well as the red bud trees. It was a nice outing. We accomplished several things while there that needed doing, and we didn't have contact with anyone except for getting ice cream from the drive thru lane with no change back at Dairy Queen!!

I will read through the posts after I get a few things done and try to reply.

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Brenda..that is not true it is a maybe..they are testing.. emoticon it is a big question..do 't worry!!
Mary that sounds nice..zoom!

I am resting..water flooded my bathroom..other shower is not draining properly..
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I walked on treadmill..
Sunny hot day! emoticon emoticon emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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3/25/20 4:13 P

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What in the world is zoom? All the new words drive me crazy. Katrina was here for a while this morning. She drove a red car here today. Her car is black. I wonder if her car broke down?

I just heard on the news that people with type A blood are more liable to get that flu. That is me. I think I will crawl under my bed and hide. emoticon



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3/25/20 3:52 P

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I also agree----what a lot of points! hooray!

MARY
technology today is wonderful. There is no zoom here in Japan, however

BONNIE
enjoy the park. It is also going to be 60 ish here today

KAREN
I love your sign! What a wonderful thing to wake up to first thing in the morning!

I have no plans for today. Will read my kindle, exercise maybe

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Enjoy the park, Bonnie! Itís going to be 90 here today! I will walk before supper since there is another Zoom call tonight.

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Sounds as though we are all coping as well as can be expected.

KAREN

I like your sign.

ELIZA

WOW that was a lot of points!

Congrats.

MARY

Good luck with your ZOOM!

Pretty much status quo here. The sun is out today, so that will be nice.

It is to be close to 60 degrees.

I am going to ride my stationary bike in a little bit, and then shower, and probably go to the park. I suspect there will be a lot more people there on a nice day.

God Bless alll

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

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I will do a practice Zoom call in a few minutes to test whether or not my Modern Widow groups in Houston can get together for online calls in the next few weeks. I did get a confirmation from the surgeon, who wants to video chat tomorrow morning at 10:00. They told me last week to change it to 2:00! Hope it will work!

Karen, go on your Start page. Down on the lower right side is a drop down menu. Scroll down to 'my recent posts' and it will allow you to click on anywhere you've posted in quite a wihle. Hope that helps.

Okay...time to get ready for the Zoom meeting! Hugs and hope for a great day for all.

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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